- Published on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 13:48
After 92 days of hunger striking in protest of three years of detention without charge of trial, Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Sarsak is to be released.
Ma'an news agency reported that Sarsak's lawyer, Mohammad Jabareen, had told them that Sarsak was to be released on July 10th, after agreeing to begin eating food again. Mohammad Jabareen was also quoted by Associated Press as saying that the deal was reached at an Israeli prison clinic, where Sarsak broke his 92 day hunger strike by eating a piece of chocolate given to him by his lawyer.
Mounting international pressure on Israel from the likes of FIFA president Sepp Blater and footballer Eric Cantona, as well as the severity of Sarsak's deteriorating health helped to lead to the Israeli Prison Authorities brokering a deal with Sarsak's lawyer for his release.
Sarsak will gradually begin to eat, as he awaits his release date on July 10th. The deal for his release marks a small victory on the road to recognizing the unjust policy of Israel's "Unlawful Combatant" law, which grants Israeli prison authorities the right to hold prisoners without trial or charge for an indefinite amount of time